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The Tulle Museum

Piazza R. Margherita
06064 Panicale (PG)

Municipality: Panicale Region: Umbria

The Tulle Museum in Panicale, dedicated to its founder Anita Belleschi Grifoni, is situated in Piazza R. Margherita in St Augustine Church. Here you can admire ancient manufactured products like altar tablecloths, 11th century coats and reels coming from the Churches of Panicale, but also wonderful items coming from the school Ars Panicalensis: bridal veils, hat-veils, gloves, traycloths and tablecloths, christening clothes, and woman's veils.

The art of embroidering the tulle, also called "Ars Panicalensis", was created by Anita Belleschi Grifoni, who in the 1920s developed a manufacturing technique which drew its inspiration from the traditional Venetian embroidery. She improved such method and established an embroidery school she called "Ars Panicalensis". The school offered many women from Panicale the opportunity to take their first steps towards the economic independence.

This type of embroidery is only handmade, and no machineries are used.
One bastes a double layer made of painted wax paper and package paper, then one realizes the embroidery with a needle and several small nets to create particular effects.
This lace is characterized by flowers, net medallions, paradise birds and baroque decorations.

Opening times:

Summer (June - September)
Morning: form 10.00 am to 1.30 pm, afternoon from 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm
Winter (December - February)
Only Saturdays and Sundays in the morning: from 10.30 am to half past noon, afternoon: from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Spring and Autumn only guided visits available
Morning: from 10.00 am to half past noon and from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

The opening hours might change without notice, therefore we suggest you to call the Tourist Information Office to ask for information about the opening hours: +39 075 837319
Opening at 10:00 am

To visit the museum contact the person in charge of the Culture Office of the Municipality of Panicale (PG) Sabrina Caciotto: ph. +39 075 8379531 or the Tourist Information Office in the square of the hospital of Panicale: ph. +39 075 8378017
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